Hotel at a Glance: Lamb and Lion Inn
Pets under 35 pounds are welcomed with open arms at Lamb and Lion Inn. The boutique bed and breakfast supplies pet sheets, towels, and water bowls free of charge, and there are numerous dog-friendly trails within walking distance. The innkeepers even have four small dogs of their own and are happy to recommend pooch-friendly beaches and restaurants in the area. In 2013, the inn made CNN’s list of the top 12 pet-friendly properties in the world.
- In-room amenities: high-end bedding, TV with DVD player, a small sitting area, and free WiFi
- Go for a dip in the outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub, located on a central courtyard. There’s also a wood-burning fireplace for chilly nights.
- Book a private yoga class at the inn’s massage-and-yoga studio.
- Breakfast anytime: The innkeepers set out housemade baked goods, granola, and yogurt for guests to enjoy at their leisure.
- Self-guided driving tours are free to all guests of Lamb and Lion Inn.
- See the whales on a whale watching cruise out of nearby Barnstable Harbor, or take a Nantucket Island excursion out of Hyannis Harbor. Discounted tickets are available to all guests.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Historic Towns and Miles of Protected Beaches
In the late 19th century, Cape Cod blossomed into a summer vacation destination as visitors swapped crowded coastal cities for the sandy shores of eastern Massachusetts. Today, the arm-shaped peninsula, located 60 miles south of Boston, encompasses 15 idyllic towns, rolling dunes, and 300 miles of sandy shoreline—and it’s still the place where many East Coasters choose to spend their leisurely summer days. Popular attractions include fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint stores, and bicycle trails, such as the 11-mile Shining Sea Bikeway that wends from North Falmouth to Woods Hole. Just east of here lies the town of Barnstable, a popular whale-watching spot with several sandy beaches.
On the uppermost tip of the Cape, the free-spirited art colony of Provincetown attracts visitors year-round. This is one of the best places to head for a vibrant nightlife scene—there are cabarets, bars, and lounges aplenty. Pop into the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to check out local artwork, both historical and contemporary.
Along the Lower, or Outer, Cape, the 44,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore stretches from Orleans to Provincetown and features six swimming beaches, wild cranberry bogs, and miles of walking and biking trails. In Eastham, be sure to check out the Nauset Lighthouse, which has overlooked the Atlantic and helped guide British ships to shore since 1838. This coastal region is also known for whale watching; between April and November, tour boats take passengers out to sea to catch glimpses of humpback and minke whales.